The new 2007 Chevrolet Epica family sedan is going to be officially premiered in Switzerland in a couple of weeks at the upcoming 2006 Geneva Motor Show.
Soon to be offered exclusively for the European drivers that continue to suffer not only from high fuel costs, but can also only dream about American prices for cars with their huge engines and spacious interiors, the new vehicle will be offered with a choice of just two low-displacement diesel engines and will sport pretty Spartan interior finish with lots grey plastic, grey faux leather and grey faux aluminum inserts here and there. Well, while the car with its generic design will certainly fail to impress any person that didn’t live under the rock during the last twenty years, it still delivers a nice combination of relatively low price and just enough comfort features to make your miserable life a tad more bearable.
The American company says that the 2007 Chevy Epica (which is actually simply a rebadged version of the Korean-made Daewoo Tosca, a vehicle that is touted as GM’s new global car) will sport a wide range of comfort and safety systems (such as, for example, ABS, six airbags, climate control and FM tuner/CD system) as standard and will offer much more space than its predecessor — the 2006 Chevrolet Evanda that was, too, based on the Korean Daewoo Magnus.
Styled by the Italian design studio Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A, the vehicle looks a lot more modern than its predecessor, although it is the boring interior with its cheap looking (but, let’s be more positive here, easier to replace) standard 2DIN stereo and lots of plastic that makes this car look so uncool.
Having a wheelbase of 2700mm, this four-door car will be 1810mm wide, 4805mm long, and 1450mm high, which makes it spacious (at least, for the segment) and still easy to park.
Designed to compete against GM’s two main Korean-made rivals –the Kia Magentis and the 2006 Hyundai Sonata– the new Epica almost perfectly matches both cars in all the three dimensions but, alas, can not beat them in terms of both exterior and interior styling.
The quality of materials will probably be on the same level.
Putting it simpler, Epica — is just another Asian car with Chevy’s badges on the grille and the trunk.
Fortunately, the new Epica doesn’t lack in the oomph department (in comparison to the Magentis and Sonata, of course).
The car will come with a choice of two transversally mounted engines: a 2.0-litre in-line six cylinder (142PS) and a 2.0-litre direct-injection turbo-diesel with common-rail (150PS). Both engines can be ordered with either sophisticated automatic or manual five-speed gearboxes.
The mid-size car will be officially launched on the European market next June.
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